It's the first Wednesday of the month time for another IWSG post where we writers help each other deal with our insecurities. A warm thank you to Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his team of Ninjas, for providing writer's a safe and supportive format to speak openly, and without fear, about the insecurities that come with the craft of writing. Be sure to check out the IWSG Facebook page where writers can garner support more than once a month.
As I was perusing the Internet for a quote to sum up how I feel this month about writing, I came across this one-- It's an old adage that the way to be safe is never to be secure... Each one of us requires the spur of insecurity to force us to do our best. ~ Harold W. Dodds After completing what I hope to be the final draft of my story, I can only hope Mr. Dodds is correct in that my insecurities forced me to do my best.
Once a month for almost two years I've shared my writing insecurities with you, Can I get it done? Will I like it? Will anyone read it? Now that my story is in the hands of my beta readers, I have a new worry... Am I ready for the next step?
Writing the story had it's highs and lows. Some days I felt like I was writing the next Newberry other days... well, we don't talk about those. Now comes the hard part, letting go. I know we have all heard that Disney song a bazillion times, but sometimes letting go is the hardest part. I take solace in Mr. Dodd's quote that my insecurity forced me to do my best. I just hope my best is good enough.
Have you finished a book and let it go? Was it easy? Hard? Did you sing the Disney song while you submitted? Most importantly, did you survive the process of letting go?